Published: Feb 17, 2011 5:37 PM EST
Updated: Feb 17, 2011 2:40 PM EST

NEW SMYRNA BEACH - A pilot's log book, a wheel and other pieces of wreckage have washed ashore after a single-engine plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Phoenix East Aviation flight school says an instructor and a student were aboard the plane that crashed Wednesday evening about 150 yards offshore.

Volusia County Sheriff's spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said witnesses tried swimming and using Jet Skis to reach the site, but "it was too far for people to get to."

Rescue teams resumed their search Thursday morning.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the Cessna 172 was heading from Sarasota to Daytona Beach with two people aboard.

Officials have not released the pilot's or passenger's names. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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